Where it is
This seaside resort stands on the Adriatic Riviera of Romagna, between Riccione and Cattolica, about 15 kilometres south of Rimini.
Why visit it
Ideal for family holidays, Misano Adriatico is also the destination for numerous sports lovers, drawn by the events and meetings organised here periodically.
With Portverde marina (1.5 km), a welcoming Mediterranean-style complex where it is possible to stay and moor a yacht at the same time, perhaps even outside your door, Misano stands out in the field of nautical tourism, whilst the modern racetrack Misano World Circuit in Santamonica is pure adrenalin for speed enthusiasts, with thrilling motorbike and automobile races.
A pedestrian zone, with colourful evening markets, a quiet, golden sandy beach and green areas in the centre complete the image of this pretty resort.
When to go and what to see
A wide beach that’s 3 km long, a beautiful upgraded promenade, the roar of the engines at the racetrack, a harbour full of pleasure craft, the tranquillity of the countryside and hills, and facilities for all kinds of sport are the main attractions in Misano Adriatico, a seaside resort that has made active holidays its strong point.
With Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the track recently upgraded to host MotoGP races, every month of the year Misano Adriatico is the destination for motor sports enthusiasts. It boasts a packed programme of events for two wheels, like the Superbike race in June and the MotoGP in September, as well as one-off events, like the truck race in May (European Truck Racing Championship). The circuit also has a driving school, run by the former Formula 1 driver Siegfried Stohr.
In Portoverde, the harbour can hold up to 350 pleasure craft and has facilities and equipment to guarantee the easy berthing, garaging, storage, maintenance and repair of any type of boat. There is a tourism complex around the harbour with villas and apartments of all sizes in a pedestrian zone, surrounded by lush greenery. The walkway under the porticoes follows the perimeter of the bay, lined with pools, parks, boutiques and bars and restaurants open throughout the summer.
The Fauna Oasis and Ornithological Observatory along the Conca River is particularly interesting. The area, to which access is free, covers 1,734.68 acres. Species of birds found here include white and black storks, spoonbills and pelicans. We recommend following the foot and cycle paths along the two river banks.
On the table
Food here is typical of this area, where the flavours of the sea and the country mix. Fish prevails on the coast, but once in the countryside the numerous inns and taverns serve local agricultural products, grilled meat and homemade pasta. Extra-virgin olive oil, which boasts “Colline di Romagna” PDO denomination, can be purchased at the “Oleificio e Azienda Agricola Baffoni” in Misano Monte.
Young people can spend fun nights at the famous discos on the hills behind the resort, like Byblos, Peter Pan or Villa delle Rose, which can be reached during the summer by bus thanks to the Blue Line, public transport for those who want to enjoy nightlife on the Riviera.
Nearby Riccione (6 km) is home to the fantastic water parks Aquafàn and Oltremare.
The resort has a network of sports facilities for various disciplines; there’s the municipal stadium with a track, three football fields, five-a-side football fields, tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor pool, facilities for archery and wing shooting, a lake for angling, a go-kart track and a crazy golf course.
In the first fortnight of September, Misano World Circuit hosts the Riviera of Rimini and San Marino MotoGP Grand Prix. The International Festival of Piano Interpretation is held here between late July and early August.
Important celebrations include a cherry festival held in July in Misano Monte, a melon festival in August in Scacciano (4 km) and the feast of St. Lorenzo on August 10th at Portoverde, with grilled fish for everyone.
In the surroundings
Misano Monte, the historical centre of the town, is about 3 kilometres from the coast. Here it is possible to visit the remains of a Malatesta castle, the eighteenth-century Agina Oratory, built on the remains of an ancient Roman building destroyed in an earthquake in 1786, and the parish church of St. Blaise, which houses a sixteenth-century wooden cross and an altar piece dating from the seventeenth century.